Our picks: 11 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to all the events taking place in the nation’s capital
Thursday May 31
We’re now two weeks into the Holy Month – Ramadan Kareem to all our readers, and don’t forget to check out our iftar and suhoor guide if you’re looking for somewhere to break your fast. If you’re a non-muslim and not fasting, don’t forget our daytime dining guide as well.
Try Tibetan singing bowl meditation
Bodytree Studio is holding a meditation session using Tibetan singing bowls – the vibrations the bowls make, it’s claimed, can help reduce stress levels, depression and even pain.
Bodytree Studio, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur 5pm, Dhs100. Tel: (02) 4434448. Taxi: turn right onto Street 11. bodytreestudio.com
Learn about Sheikh Zayed at The Galleria
This year, the UAE has been celebrating what would have been Sheikh Zayed’s 100th birthday, and during June you can learn more about the country’s founding father at a new photography exhibition. Running throughout the Holy Month, on display are 40 images, many of which show the impact of his legacy on the country and important landmarks in the UAE’s history. There’s photos of the opening of the country’s first national university in 1977, plus an image of Sheikh Zayed with Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qassimi and Sir Geoffrey Arthur, who was a British resident in the Gulf, before the signing of the Treaty Of Friendship, between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, at the Jumeirah Palace in Dubai in 1971.
Until June 17
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur 10am to midnight, Fri noon to midnight, free. Taxi: Galleria. Tel: (02) 6166999. galleria.ae
Holy Month festivities in Baniyas
Oud players, henna, calligraphy, pottery, lantern making and more throughout Ramadan and Eid at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall.
Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Baniyas, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Weds 8pm to 11pm, Thur to Fri 8pm to midnight. Tel: (02) 5031400. Taxi: Bawabat Al Sharq Mall. bawabatalsharqmall.ae
Family-friendly activities at the Ramadan Arcade
Saadiyat Island’s cultural centre, Manarat Al Saadiyat, hosts Ramadan Arcade – a family-friendly event chock full of activities for the whole family. Take part in a wide range of cultural experiences during the Holy Month, including gaming, musical performances, workshops, as well as retail and culinary experiences.
Until June 1
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, May 23 to June 1, 9pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 657 5800. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. saadiyat.ae
Friday June 1
Attend a Ramadan night concert
Local music school Bait Al Oud is hosting a night of music at Manarat Al Saadiyat, featuring students and teachers. Part of the performance is called We Chant For The Holy Month and will be performed by students from Bait Al Oud’s vocal section.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 10pm to 11.30pm, free. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. abudhabimusic.ae
Race on Abu Dhabi’s new cycle track
Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Gulf Multi Sport are hosting the first cycle race to take place on the new Al Hudayriat Island facility, near Al Bateen. The distances are 50km for the men’s event, 40km for the women’s. There’s junior 5km and 10km events as well. What’s more, there’s also two running events taking place on May 31, in the evening as well. Check Gulf Multi Sport’s website for details.
Al Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi, from 8.30pm. Taxi: Al Hudayriat Island. facebook.com/Gulfmultisport
Zayed: Story Of A Nation exhibition
You can check out artworks by students in Abu Dhabi that celebrate Sheikh Zayed at Saadiyat’s cultural hub.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 11am to 5pm, free entry. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. visitabudhabi.ae
Go collecting at Etihad Modern Art Gallery
Etihad Modern Art Gallery’s annual exhibition and souq are back, giving you the chance to admire works by local artists, and maybe even buy a piece. The artworks on display have been featured at all of the gallery’s shows over the past year, and the event is now in its fifth year. The souq will be selling a selection of contemporary art pieces, including modern acrylic and oil paintings and digital prints.
Until July 31
Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, free entry. Tel: (02) 6210145. Taxi: Al Bateen Mall. etihadmodernart.com
Saturday June 2
Unwind with a new spa treatment
There’s a new Milk And Honey Immersion treatment available at Saray Spa. The session starts with an exfoliation followed by a massage using hot stones dipped in rose oil, milk and honey.
Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs600. Tel: (02) 2014000. Taxi: Marriott Al Forsan. marriott.com
Try a new healthy menu
French outlet La Petite Maison has launched a new Mediterranean-themed menu for summer. Designed for sharing, you can taste a range of appetisers and entrées including wild monkfish and whole lobster, plus a selection of new desserts.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 3.30pm, 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6929600. Taxi: The Galleria. lpmdubai.ae